North Korea asks South to help with foot-and-mouth

SEOUL - North Korea has culled pigs and cows to try to halt an outbreak of highly infectious foot-and-mouth disease and asked the South to provide it with medication, South Korea's unification minister said on Thursday.
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North Korea said it had culled 466 cows and 2,630 pigs since an outbreak of the disease on Jan. 10 at a farm near its capital, Pyongyang, minister Lee Jae-joung told reporters.

"We will try to help as soon as possible because there is a concern that it will spread to our region," Lee told a weekly briefing.

Last week, the Paris-based Office International des Epizooties, the world body that governs animal health, said on its Web site ( the North had had a foot-and-mouth outbreak. It reported the same numbers of animals culled.

Source: Reuters

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